Italian woman charged over serious East Ballina crash
UPDATE Saturday 6.30am: A WOMAN has been charged over a crash on Shelly Beach Rd at East Ballina yesterday which has left a 47-year-old woman fighting for her life in hospital.
Just after 1.45pm yesterday, emergency services were called to Shelly Beach, East Ballina, following reports of a crash between a northbound van and a southbound motorcycle.
The motorcycle rider, a 47-year-old woman, was treated at the scene by paramedics before being airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition with numerous serious injuries.
The driver of the van, a 29-year-old Italian national, was not injured.
She was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.
She was subsequently arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station where she was charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
She was granted conditional bail to appear at Ballina Local Court on February 9 2017.
UPDATE 3.50pm: AS THE rescue chopper takes one woman to the Gold Coast University Hospital after a motorbike crash at Ballina, police have said a second motorcyclist is being transported to Lismore Base Hospital after a separate, single-motorcycle crash this afternoon near Casino.
Paramedics treated the man for a suspected broken leg at Clarence Way near Pagans Flat Rd, Pagans Flat.
Emergency Services rushed to the scene about 2.30pm.
NSW Ambulance Media has confirmed the man involved in the crash near Casino was 51-years-old.
Initial reports estimated the man was in his 30s.
UPDATE 3.15pm: AN AMBULANCE NSW spokeswoman has confirmed the Westpac helicopter is currently transporting the patient to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
The spokeswoman said the patient was 42 years old.
UDPATE 2.45pm: PARAMEDICS are rushing to two separate motorbike crashes this afternoon.
An injured woman has been conveyed by ambulance to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter which has landed at Ballina Seagulls oval near Missingham Bridge.
A Westpac spokesman said her injuries were critical.
Police have since confirmed more details about the incident, saying a car and a motorbike collided.
The condition of the driver of the car is unknown.
The crash investigation unit has been called to the scene.
Emergency services are also rushing to a motorbike crash near Casino.
A NSW Ambulance Media spokeswoman confirmed that a man, believed to be aged in his 30s, came off his motorbike on Clarence Way near the Pagans Flat Rd turn off.
Paramedics were called at 2.20pm and are en route to the scene.
Tabulam police and a highway patrol car have also been deployed and are on their way to the scene.
ORIGINAL, 2.10pm: PARAMEDICS have been called to a single vehicle incident involving a patient in her 40s who has fallen off her motorbike on Shelly Beach Rd, East Ballina.
An Ambulance NSW spokesman said a crew as called out to the scene at 1.45pm.